I started blogging my recipes and menu planning at the beginning of 2011. It was only until 2012 that I gre my blog into something more and connected with other bloggers and made Salz Dummy Spit.
Why did you start blogging?
I was a bored Sahm. I started off with the recipes because I have the worse memory and couldn’t remember even the easiest of recipes. I then started meal planning on the blog to help me know what I am cooking during the week so that I am not thinking every day “What am I going to cook?”. I then wanted to expand the blog into something more parenting so that I can bag out my kids on the net. OK so that I could brag about my kids on the net.
Describe your blog in 20 words or less
I tend to go on little spats of having a dummy spit on issues that annoy me. I share my experience as a mother. That’s more than 20 but can you blame me? Ok maybe you can.
What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?
My 5 must have tools are A smart phone, A laptop, Internet of course, a sense of humor and a heart of steel.
What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
Getting to meet all the different people who share the same thing as you. Only bloggers know what you are going through when you are having a rough blogging time. The people are all nice and willing to help.
What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?
It doesn’t matter that this company or that company hasn’t pitch you something that this other blog got. Just as long as you love blogging and are doing it for you then who cares what other bloggers get. I find blogging very therapeutic when I want to express what I am feeling and show my views. Its my part on the Internet and I can do what I would like with it.
If you could start again, what would you do differently?
Maybe lots. I would have looked into a wordpress blog, I would have done my design differently. I would have tried to hide my identity maybe. But I’m happy with where my blog is going now.
What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?
I haven’t really had any big achievements in blogging. I’m still waiting on my big chance for something awesome to happen. I am always happy when I meet bloggers so that can be an achievement in its self.
What do you find is the best way to help promote your blog?
Lots of facebook and twitter interactions with the readers. Guest posting helps a lot as well. And having a place like Blog chicks so that people and companies can easily search through and click.
What advice would you have for new chick bloggers?
Just do it. Keep up with your posts. You wont get famous in a year. You probably wont get famous in two or three years. Just blog about real things that happen to you or things that you are passionate about and are good at. Follow bloggers who share the same passion and connect with them.
Do you (or do you plan to) make any income from your blog?
I have always thought about this. I’m not to sure how much money one can make from a blog. I wouldn’t think its something that would put food on the table unless you have made a little business out of it. But a little money here are there wont hurt the bank. I’m even happy to just get products to review. If money comes with all of that will anybody say no to that?
What future goals do you have for your blog?
Just keep doing what I am doing. I need to stop thinking to my self that I am a bad writer and just write. Maybe one day have a better design and make it look more professional. I have an idea of what I would like to do to but not to sure how I should do it. Its got to do with reviewing products and my readers helping me review them.
What is your all time favourite post that you would love people to read?
I loved creating the posts named “A day in the life of Squeek“. Where my (at the time) 14mth old wrote about her typical day and the things she does.
What is your most popular post (in number of comments, or traffic received)?
In number of traffic my blog post about “How to schedule a facebook status” got the most attention. There isn’t a way for me to see the most commented post but i remember this post “32 things that annoy me” got a lot of comments.
Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?
The first one has to be Angela at School of mum. I talk to her on a regular basis and we bounce ideas from each other and I have helped her and she has helped me.
Next is Elise at Mummy Hearts Money because she is my sister-in-law and would kill me if I didn’t add her to the list.
I would have to say Jess at Essentially Jess. Because I really enjoy reading her posts and I can relate to it so much.
Glow at Where’s my glow will be the next one. Love her humour. She cracks me up all the time and is a lovely person in person.
And Catherine at Cup of tea and a blog cause I love her blog posts and her accent is just all kinds of awesome.